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VIDEO: There Was ‘Piranha’ and ‘The Birds,’ So Why Not Scary ‘Squirrels?’

Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is producing the horror comedy based on his own idea

Squirrels are the new piranha and angry birds.

A pre-production sales trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s horror comedy “Squirrels” has appeared online, providing an early look at the film based on an original idea by the “Wanted” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” director that Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin are scripting. The film does not yet have a director attached.

With a mix of comedy seen in the “Piranha” movies, and the kind of scares in Alfred Hitccock’s “The Birds,” project revolves around a town under attack by flesh-eating squirrels after a natural gas company buys up a town and destroys their food chain through environmental destruction.

The tagline: “Hold on to your nuts.”

What’s interesting is that the production values of the short teaser are better than anything seen in Syfy’s “Sharknado.”

SEE ALSO: Twitter Darling ‘Sharknado’ Draws 1.4 Million for Syfy

Bekmambetov will produce the film through his Bazelevs production banner, also behind an adaptation of Boom Studios’ “Jeremiah Harm” comicbook series. The director is currently in talks with MGM to helm an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” based on a script by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”).

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